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William Blake (1757–1827).  The Poetical Works.  1908.
 
Gnomic Verses
Love to faults is always blind
 
VII
LOVE 1 to faults is always blind;
Always is to joy inclin’d,
Lawless, wing’d and unconfin’d,
And breaks all chains from every mind.
 
Deceit to secrecy confin’d,        5
Lawful, cautious and refin’d;
To anything but interest blind,
And forges fetters for the mind.
 
Note 1. VII These companion stanzas are written at the head of two opposite pages (106 and 107 reversed) of the MS. Book. I print them as one poem, their connexion being obvious, though not indicated by Blake himself. 3 Lawless, wing’d] Always wing’d MS. 1st rdg., ‘Always’ being underlined, which was probably a hasty attempt at erasure.
  5–8 First written:
Deceit to secrecy inclin’d,
Modest, prudish and confin’d,
Never is to interest blind,
And chains in fetters every mind.
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